Injuries from accidents involving trucks can be devastating. The size and weight of trucks puts other vehicles at a disadvantage, and the resulting impact can cause many different types of injuries. These are often more severe than those suffered in other collisions and can be fatal.
Cuts and Lacerations
Truck accidents often involve shattered glass, severed metal, and other flying objects that can cause cuts and lacerations. While these can be minor, they are usually painful and can leave permanent scars. Laceration injuries affecting the eyes or face may cause lasting damage.
Musculoskeletal injuries are common in auto accidents, but can be much more severe in an accident involving a tractor trailer. Drivers or passengers may suffer from muscle strains and sprains that require lengthy rehabilitation. The force of impact may also result in broken bones. In some cases, victims may sustain multiple fractures. These injuries may seem minor compared to others, but they may take a long time to heal and prevent victims from returning to work.
Sometimes an injury is so severe that tissue cannot be saved. Limbs that are crushed or burned may have to be partially or completely amputated to preserve healthy tissue. Hands, arms, feet, or legs may even be severed due to the force of the crash.
Head and Neck Injuries
The tissue surrounding the head and neck is very fragile and can seriously affect mobility if it is damaged. Injuries to this part of the body are common during accidents and can range in severity, but trauma to the structural systems in these areas can affect other areas of the body and result in debilitating pain or paralysis.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the bone, muscle, or nerves in and around the spinal cord are extremely dangerous. It may not be apparent on the scene how severe a spinal cord injury is, and an X-ray may not reveal the full extent of the damage. These injuries often require an MRI to diagnose correctly and may need extensive surgery to correct. The victims may be left with partial or complete paralysis.
Blunt force trauma to the head during a truck accident can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Injuries can range from relatively minor concussions to permanent neurological damage. TBIs can impair speech, motor skills, memory, cognitive function, or even personality, and the effects may be permanently life altering.
When a truck collides with another vehicle, damage to the fuel lines or tank can cause a fire, especially if the truck is carrying flammable materials. Burns can be extremely painful and may require multiple graft surgeries to fix. Victims are often left with permanent scarring, and tissue may never be fully repaired.
Exposure to Hazardous Materials
Trucks may be carrying other materials that are dangerous, such as hazardous chemicals. These can cause serious damage to the eyes, lungs, and skin tissue if victims are exposed.
Injuries to Internal Organs
Injuries to internal organs, including the bladder, spleen, kidneys, liver, and pancreas, are difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat. The longer it takes to treat, however, the greater the risk of these injuries becoming fatal.
Trucking accidents are 10 times more likely than other collisions to result in fatal injuries. Victims’ families may be able to pursue a wrongful death suit against those responsible for the accident.
South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Provide Comprehensive Representation to Victims of Truck Accidents
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